Our inspiration was that there is a lack of communication between companies and students who are building their career. More American teens must become "career and college ready." Employers are complaining about the "skills gap" that plagues our nation which has caused five million jobs to remain unfilled despite high unemployment rates. We attend a high school that is an outlier in partnering with the business community to provide students with tremendous "career readiness" and scholarship opportunities. However, as a team rising seniors who have fortunately been able to engage with some of these programs, we noticed how most students are totally unaware of these opportunities. The need that inspired the development of our app is to better communicate with students, parent and teachers so they are able to easily access information about these opportunities which can make a difference with teens building their future.
What it does
Our app has buttons that take you to the pages of different job opportunities, school activities, internships, and scholarships as well as post opportunities near you.
How we built it
We built our app in Mit's App Inventor. Every Monday and Wednesday we stayed after school for an extra hour and a half and came up with new ideas to incorporate into the app as well as work on the app itself. We also split up some of the work to work on at home so that we could speed up our progress.
Challenges we ran into
Some of the challenges that we ran into was the login. It took us a few weeks to figure it out but once we did we were happy to finally have it done. Unfortunately since we couldn't figure out how to have a private RSS feed, we decided to take the profiles off until we learn how to allow people to see only what their friends post.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of being able to create a RSS feed. We worked for weeks on trying to figure out how to do this and were very excited when it finally worked. Not only our we proud of our work on the app, but also our hard work and accomplishments. I don't think that any one of us could have created an app that has so much potential on our own.
What we learned
From this project, we learned how to work effectively as a team, generate ideas and make decisions as a team, think like entrepreneurs who makes life better for people, code and operate MIT’s App Inventor,the importance of critical thinking, innovation, collaboration, and communication, and how to effectively communicate ideas.
What's next for Student ConnectED
In the future, we plan on making it to where each person can have their own profile with a personal RSS feed so that they can see what their friends are doing. Also, we want to create a badge system for different achievements.